Montessori education is an educational approach developed by Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori based on her extensive research with “phrenasthenic” or “special needs” children and characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical, and social development. Although a range of practices exists under the name […] Read More about Montessori Method
In a multi-age classroom, children learn from one another, develop a sense of community and gain respect for themselves and others.
In the well prepared environment, rich in didactic materials, the child is free to explore and maximize his independence.
TEACHERS AS CREATIVE FACILLITATORS
The Montessori teacher, respectfully engages the child and guides him while he is developing at his own pace.
The greater gains in academic achievement for Montessori children were accompanied by greater gains in social understanding, stronger persistence on challenging tasks, and more enjoyment of academic tasks. Read More about Academics
The Five Areas of Montessori Curriculum
Practical Life: The exercises for practical life are designed to teach the child to function in their own environment by teaching them how to interact with the things around them. The practical life area prepares the child indirectly for all other areas of the curriculum with order, concentration, coordination and independence..Read More →
Some of our happy parents
Lincoln Square Montessori School has been wonderful for both of my children. My older son has some sensory processing issues, and my younger son was born 3 months early and spent some time catching up to the rest of his class. The teachers and administrators at LSMS took the time to get to know each of my sons, and give each of them the tools needed to become independent, successful students, and caring people. I never cease to be amazed at the ways that LSMS teachers weave both caring and education into everyday activities.The school uses a true Montessori method of teaching that balances individual attention with self-motivation. It was the perfect bridge between less-structured daycare or at home care and a very structured kindergarten class. My son will enter kindergarten reading at almost a first grade level! Thank you, LSMS, for giving my children an amazing foundation in both education and life in general that will benefit them for a lifetime.
We had the good fortune of spending 2 years at LSMS. Our son benefitted wildly from the magical, peaceful and rich environment at LSMS. I often attribute his patience, peacefulness, ability to play independently and fantastic fine motor skills to the work and methods of LSMS. Ana-Maria has the passion and vision to hire incredible teachers - these teachers make the school. I felt confident trusting my son in their hands every day, even in the very beginning when it was hard for him to say goodbye. I often dream of spending a quiet day in that Rainbow room myself!
At Lincoln Square Montessori our daughter has developed a strong foundation of learning and responsibility. She will continue to practice the teaching, sharing and respecting skills that Montessori has instilled in her as she begins kindergarten. We have no doubt that the education received at LSM played a role in her and two of her classmates having the opportunity to attend a CPS selective enrollment elementary school this fall. We look forward to continuing our journey at LSM as our son transitions from the sunshine room into the rainbow room. Thanks
“We have been very fortunate for both our children to experience the Montessori environment for learning and to thrive at Lincoln Square Montessori School. Our 5 year old son has been there since he was 2, having been in both the Sunshine and Rainbow rooms, while our daughter started in the Rainbow room. Both received a high quality, early childhood education that focused on fostering their innate curiosity and love of learning. Whether it was through the cultivation of their community garden or working in the classroom, their experiences helped develop a stronger sense of empowerment as well as connection to the environment and the larger community around them. All of the teachers we have worked with are highly skilled professionals who created positive, engaging environments for children to learn. The administration has been extremely supportive and always puts the children’s learning needs first, while bringing in new opportunities for the children to learn (such as Spanish language and music lessons.) Our family has truly loved the environment LSMS has created for our kids and for our neighborhood. Perhaps most importantly, the school has prepared both our children exceptionally well for kindergarten. We will miss bringing our kids to LSMS every day and saying ‘good morning’ to Ana-Maria and all our neighbors and friends in the school.”
Amy & Kevin HoganChicago
We were very happy about Jonahʼs time at Lincoln Square Montessori. Under Ana-Mariaʼs management, Jonah developed from a pull-up pulling toddler into a kindergarten ready young man. He thrived under the rigorous Montessori system. His focus and enthusiasm for learning blossomed. By 5 he is reading fluently and excited about trying new things and challenging himself. We credit LSMS with his acceptance into a CPS selective enrollment kindergarten and know that he wouldnʼt be the happy learner and sweet kid he is without the combination of Ana Mariaʼs firm structure and her teachersʼ care and love.
My daughter has been enrolled at LSMS since she was 2y.o. and now is 4.5y.o. We could not be happier. LSMS has been a wonderful experience for her as a student, and me as a parent. Read More
Lynsie N.Chicago, IL
It's a fantastic school with warm, loving and thoughtful teachers. Ms. Mona and Ms. Catalina have done an incredible job nurturing their students' curiosity.
We've had our two boys at LSMS and been incredibly grateful for the extraordinary experience they've both had. A very special place and a nurturing and loving environment.
We have had a very positive experience at LSMS and would highly recommend it for anyone who is looking for an excellent environment for their toddler/preschooler. Miss Ana Maria runs the school and keeps things extremely well managed.
As a high school teacher, I applaud the tireless work the teachers at LSMS have done to stimulate my daughter's curiosity and help her mature (even she doesn't want to).
The main purpose of a Montessori school is to provide a carefully planned, stimulating environment which will help the child develop an excellent foundation for creative learning.
Proper Nutrition, exercise and learning go hand in hand in nurturing the development of the young child. If lacking any one of these elements, the child cannot possibly develop to his/her fullest potential. By establishing a foundation of proper eating habits and regular physical exercise the child will be far more capable of completing a […]
Montessori education is about much more than academics. It is independence. It is the capacity for concentration. It is the capacity for sharing space. It is respect for the community.